We’re less than a month away from the return of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and to get us back into gear ABC-Disney has announced the addition of Natalia Cordova-Buckley to the cast as Elena Rodriguez, a.k.a. Slingshot.
Cordova-Buckley is a Mexican actress likely most recognizable to audiences as Señora Valles in the 2015 film McFarland, USA.
For those needing some comic book background, Slingshot (Yo-Yo Rodriguez) was signed on by Nick Fury as a member of the Secret Warriors whose objective was to stand against the Skrull invasion. Slingshot, so named for her innate and uncontrollable ability to return to her starting point instantaneously after using her superhuman speed to get around, was seriously maimed by Gorgon when both her arms were severed. They were later replaced with prosthetics allowing her to rejoin Fury and his team.
How will Slingshot fit into the TV format? In the comics she had direct connections with Quake (a.k.a. Daisy, a.k.a. Skye) after being recruited by her at Fury’s behest. It was also Quake that led her and the Secret Warriors to take on Gorgon. On the show, Daisy has been gradually assembling a team, which is the beginning of the Secret Warriors, so this is likely to be her next draftee. However will Slingshot come quietly at first or are they going to have to convince her? We can only speculate, but I’d count on some sort of snarl if only for the sake of plot.
Meanwhile our Agents of SHIELD have other pressing matters. When the show went on its mid-season break Lash was once again running free and rampant about the land thanks to Agent Simmons. Even more dire, Director Coulson and Agent Fitz had just returned from whatever desolate planet that was thinking they’d left former agent Ward dead and gone. Unfortunately (or fortunately) we haven’t seen the last of actor Brett Dalton as Ward was apparently possessed by the ancient Inhuman that was haunting the as-yet-unnamed alien planet before hitching a ride back to Earth after Coulson and Fitz.
And we thought Ward was a pain in the ass before.
Plus, it’s been said over the past several months that, as it did with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the show will help set up the plot for Captain America: Civil War. We’ve already seen the beginnings of that, especially in the occasional friction between Coulson and Daisy in regards to the treatment of the Inhumans and the future of Dr. Garner (Lash). Expect to hear terms like the Accords and maybe even some hints at upcoming movie characters like Thunderbolt, Baron Zemo, etc.
In any event, the show definitely has a lot of ground to cover in two months. Agents of SHIELD returns to ABC Tuesday, March 8, with episode 11: Bouncing Back.
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